Anxious about Empire: Theological Essays on the New Global Realities

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Wes Avram
Baker Publishing Group, 2004 - Religion - 218 pages
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On September 20, 2002, approximately one year after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the White House released a document intended to change the course of American history. That document, which outlined plans for a "new American empire," was titled "The National Security Strategy for the United States of America." "Anxious about Empire," a collection of writings by theologians, biblical scholars, and pastors, offers a biblically-based critique of the United States' foreign policy and national security strategy following the 9/11 attacks. The contributors, including Robert Bellah and Wendell Berry, address issues such as the incompatibility of Christianity and nationalism and the use of scripture in imperial rhetoric. "Anxious about Empire" will be a valuable resource for pastors, lay groups, and individual Christians striving to discern the church's response in these baffling political times.

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Anxious About Empire: Theological Essays on the New Global Realities is an excellent book. As an edited book, there are aces and spaces meaning that some essays are better written than others; but, by ... Read full review


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Wes Avram (Ph.D., Northwestern University) is senior pastor/head of staff at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church near Philadelphia. He is the editor of Anxious about Empire and has written reviews or articles for Christian Century, New Oxford Review, Journal of Religious Ethics, and the Anglican Theological Review. Avram formerly taught at Yale Divinity School and has served as both a parish pastor and a college chaplain.

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